1. First things first, it cleans so much more than just dishes—including flip-flops and baseball hats. Throw a pair of dirty flip-flops into the top rack of your dishwasher with a little baking soda and they’ll come out looking as good as new, according to Nystul. The same is true for baseball caps, silk flowers, small toys, light fixture covers, and even hairbrushes. It’s also good for cleaning other household items and tools (think vacuum parts, gardening tools, etc.), but if they have chemicals on them, make sure to wash them separately.
2. It can help prevent kitchen messes. This is kind of genius: Whenever you need to spray cooking spray or measure out powdered ingredients, open up the dishwasher and do so over the dishwasher door. You’ll save yourself from having to wipe up any greasy or powdery residue on your floors or counters.
3. It can make your dryer and oven vent work more efficiently, by using it to wash their filters. According to Nystul, fabric softener can build up on your dryer filter, making it not work as well—and let’s face it, when was the last time you remembered to clean the vent above your oven? Yuck.
4. Speaking of ovens, you can also use your dishwasher as a warming oven. No double ovens, no problem. Keep food warm in the dishwasher (yep, you read that right) by selecting “Heat/Dry Cycle, No Water.”
5. Oh, and you can use it to cook salmon. We’re not quite sure how someone figured this out, but apparently, if you wrap up marinated salmon in foil (tightly) and then run it through an entire cycle, including drying (just without any soap, obvi), it will come out moist, flaky, and delicious, according to Nystul.